Caron Butler: "This is My Life"
Because you can never write too many blog items about a high school basketball classic featuring guest appearances from the stars of a 7-30 NBA team, here's my brief Q&A with Caron Butler during last weekend's DTLR Caron Butler Classic.
So do you get depressed about the record?
Do I get depressed? I'm frustrated, but at the same time, you've got to remain positive. You know, if you're just bent out all the time, it's not gonna work right. You've got to encourage your teammates, you've got to be a leader on and off the court, you've got to be a professional, and hopefully good things will start happening.
Have you ever gone through one like this before?
Nah. I've had bad seasons, but never like this. Nah.
Do you do anything when you get home to try to forget?
It's hard to forget, because this is my life. You know? This is what I do, this is my life. You know, you're not supposed to take your work home, but I take my work home with me.
Do you think your daughter and your wife can tell?
I think my wife can tell at times, because I'm a little spaced out sometimes. You know, thinking about the game, what could have happened, what should have happened, all that, but you've got to remain positive.
You have any new hobbies, something else to take your mind off it?
No. I love the challenge man, to continue to play hard. I like that challenge. I'll continue to go out there and leave it out there on the court and see what happens.
Are you disappointed in the fans at all, that some of the crowds have been a little bit off?
The fans still show a lot of love. What do you expect? What can you expect from fans when you're not getting the wins that you want? The fans still come out and show love. They show a lot of love and support. You've got to look at the circumstances: we're 7-, and we've still got a decent crowd in there cheering us on.
Is it true that you gave two interviews last week, one in which you said Gilbert wasn't gonna come back and one in which you said you thought he was?
I said I don't know when he was. I'm not a doctor. Don't quote me on [Gilbert]. Ask me something about me. That's what I know. I'm know that I'm gonna be out there playing tomorrow, I don't know what Gilbert's gonna do.
Let me ask a D.C. question. You always say you like D.C. so much, and you're holding a basketball tournament [in the city]. Why do you like D.C.?
They accepted me. This is the city in which I got traded to, and for a long time I've been trying to find a home. This is a city that, as soon as I got here, they embraced me. That don't happen often. That's rare. And when it happens, it showed me a lot about this city. I was just anxious and wanting to do as much as possible FOR the city.
So you think this is your home when you're done with basketball too?
I hope so. I really like it here. Hopefully I can retire here. Under the circumstances it is now, you know, who knows what'll happen? But hopefully I can retire here.
Are you doing anything for the inauguration?
No, since we're not going to be in town I'm not doing anything. They've got everything going on, but unfortunately we're out of town.
Are you into the whole Obama thing?
Of course. That's big, man. I mean, inauguration, him in the presidency? That's crazy. You can see it everywhere, it's unbelievable. I'm just happy, and it seems like...things are starting to change in the right direction, I hope. I mean, it seems like he's a guy that's really got everything in order.
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